Selecting a clear, concise and aesthetically pleasing CV template is essential for anyone’s job hunting efforts if you are to stand out when recruiters sift through a pile of applications.
And there’s more to creating a CV than just booting up Word; you need to think carefully about what the design, layout and font says about you as a professional.
If you don’t have great graphic-design skills, don’t worry – there are plenty of cheap, functional and eye-catching templates out there for you to download and personalise. Here are 10 of CIPHR‘s favourites.
Resume and cover letter template
They say: “Get refined and get noticed with this three-page template design, including handcrafted two-page resume and cover letter – because your life shouldn’t have to fit onto one page.”
Our verdict: Subtle duck-egg blue colouring makes this CV shine.
2-in-1 simple initial Word resume
They say: “This is an instant download resume template pack for MS Word. This product features a simple design for 1 page resume and cover letter. This product is very easy to edit at home.”
Our verdict: Easy-to-edit, this CV is ideal for those with minimal tech skills.
The Heather resume template
They say: “You’ve got the skills. Now you just need a beautiful presentation to show them off. The Heather is a modern resume and cover letter design that’s perfect for anyone who wants to stand out while remaining professional and refined.”
Our verdict: With three colour-ways included in the standard pack, you’re free to choose the one that best suits your personality.
Resume/CV set – the hipster
They say: “This is a specially disguised handcraft resume CV with cover letter template in hipster style. You will be able to create your own fully customisable resume set where you can display your education, skills, references and experience also a real and very effective cover letter.”
Our verdict: Don’t let the hipster moniker put you off – this is a modern take on the traditional monotone CV.
Resume/CV template 4 pack
They say: “Get refined and get noticed with this four-page template design, including handcrafted two-page resume, cover letter and references. From the first hello in your covering letter to your glowing references, let potential employers know that you’re the full package.”
Our verdict: Try this template if you want a more youthful, but still professional, CV.
Three-page resume and free cover letter
They say: “Change colors, edit texts, choose your favourite typefaces and make this resume template “Oh so you!” with a few simple clicks!”
Our verdict: Etsy is an unusual place to find a CV template, but this design is clean, creative and modern.
Creative resume template
They say: “If you are aesthetically aware individual who wants to build professional & tasteful presence – our resume templates will help you do it with character and style.”
Our verdict: Show your creative flair and put yourself front and centre with this unusual CV
Three-page resume template for Word
They say: “Matching cover letter template included – with cohesive branding package you’ll successfully build a strong presence.”
Our verdict: Show your skill levels with this graphic layout.
The Sawyer template
They say: “Introducing ‘Sawyer’, a simple design focusing on experience, which includes a single page resume/cv and cover letter.”
Our verdict: Classy styling will make any candidate stand out
All-in-one timeless resume CV pack
They say: “A 21-page timeless resume CV set designed to express you. There are a lot of different ways to customise your resume.”
Our verdict: With so many different options, this template really does offer something for everyone.
This article was first published in March 2015. It was updated in March 2018 for freshness, accuracy and clarity.